The Most Awful Transit Center in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse - Bloomberg


32 bookmarks. First posted by Buffalo_Goku january 2018.


"The addition of New Jersey Transit trains in the 1990s was both an economic boon to the region and the beginning of Penn Station’s transformation from mere malodorous eyesore to Hieronymus Bosch-grade hellhole. With Jersey commuters swarming the place, farsighted politicians presented grand visions for upgrading it. They all failed.
Vision 1: In the late 1990s, New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan raised $350 million to replace Penn with a new station in the building right next to it, an historic post office. ('My dad always said, "Only in New York could you knock down a magnificent Beaux Arts masterpiece only to find another one by the same architect across the street,"' remembers Maura Moynihan, his daughter.) The effort fell apart after Sept. 11."
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7 weeks ago by bankbryan
As the gateway to America’s largest city, Penn Station should inspire awe, as train stations do in London, Paris, Tokyo, and other competently managed metropolises. Instead, it embodies a particular kind of American failure—the inability to maintain roads, rails, ports, and other necessary conduits. For generations, the officials connected to Penn Station have been blind to, or unable to deliver on, the idea that improving the station would more than pay for itself. (One estimate, from the Business Roundtable, says that a dollar invested in infrastructure yields as much as $3 in economic growth.) In the final days of 2017, the situation reached perhaps its bleakest point yet, when the Trump administration signaled its disinterest in coming to the rescue: The president will not honor an Obama-era commitment to New York and New Jersey to foot half the cost of a new tunnel, dumping planners back at square one.

Penn Station is a debacle reaching across time. Its past is a slow-motion disaster of inaction and canceled reforms, its present an ongoing disgrace. And its future could be truly catastrophic, in the form of a tunnel failure that pinches shut one of the most vital economic arteries in America.
january 2018 by everbigger
There are too many people in Penn Station because there are too many trains—more than 1,300 arrivals and departures every weekday, twice the number from four decades ago. With so much traffic, small problems routinely compound into big ones; a 10-minute delay for one train backs up dozens more, and then tens of thousands of people are kept from their destinations. Every late train bleeds the economy: Executives miss board meetings, tourists don’t spend, hourly workers get a smaller paycheck.
infrastructure  new_york  new_york_city  mass_transit  railroads  penn_station 
january 2018 by perich
If Amtrak and New Jersey Transit have to rely on a single Hudson tunnel, they could operate just six trains an hour, rather than the current 24. It’s hard to overstate the economic impact that would have on New York City.
nyc  subway 
january 2018 by mookieproof
The Most Awful Train Station in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse

To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark.…
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january 2018 by zephoria
look if we want to start pointing at shithole countries, we can literally start at home
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january 2018 by girma
A few weeks later, a sewage pipe spewed waste onto a heavily trafficked concourse—an honest-to-God shitstorm.
infrastructure  usa  trains 
january 2018 by libbymiller
The addition of New Jersey Transit trains in the 1990s was both an economic boon to the region—I bought a house in Maplewood, N.J., in 1996 so I could ride the new Midtown Direct to work—and the beginning of Penn Station’s transformation from mere malodorous eyesore to Hieronymus Bosch-grade hellhole.

GREAT LANGUAGE. NEARLY FROZE MY BUTT OFF WHEN I COULDN'T GET A TAXI THERE ONCE.
nyc  transportation  infrastructure 
january 2018 by whip_lash
"Shabby infrastructure demeans a great city."
from twitter
january 2018 by xbryanx
To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark.…
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january 2018 by bdeskin
Think Penn Station is bad? Let’s go into the crumbling, disaster-prone tunnels that lie beneath.

His team found that the 1960s creation of Battery Park City—an expansion of Manhattan island into the Hudson, using landfill from the excavation of the World Trade Center site—altered the way the river flows. As a result, a good part of the silt protecting the train tunnels has been carried off.
transportation 
january 2018 by jellis
The most awful train station in America could get unimaginably worse https://t.co/k7HDGzq8xF via @BW
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january 2018 by karmakaze
To get to New York’s Penn Station, every northbound Amtrak passenger makes the last leg of their journey, through tunnels beneath the Hudson River, in the dark.…
from instapaper
january 2018 by jrdodds
Think Penn Station is bad? Let’s go into the crumbling, disaster-prone tunnels that lie beneath.
january 2018 by cwilkes
"the only imaginable way the station could be any worse is if [Penn Station] were underwater."
january 2018 by mcdan
Think Penn Station is bad? Let’s go into the crumbling, disaster-prone tunnels that lie beneath.
NYC  transportation 
january 2018 by andyhuey
Our train (unsurprisingly) is operating at reduced speed because of an electrical glitch, which just gives us more time to gawk at the damage. There are eerie, nearly fluorescent white stains on the tunnel walls that look like they were painted by a giant with a roller brush. via Pocket
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january 2018 by drewcaldwell
Donald Trump campaigned as the guy who would rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure, promising a $1 trillion plan to repair roads, bridges, tunnels, the electrical grid, and more. It was possible to think that Penn Station might be saved // really? He's *Trump*!
nyc  infrastructure  trump 
january 2018 by yorksranter
RT : Guys, bad news. Penn Station might get much, much worse.
from twitter
january 2018 by KMcGrane
trains are good, Penn station is very very bad
from twitter
january 2018 by alexhern
The Most Awful Transit Center in America Could Get Unimaginably Worse... http://ift.tt/2mefXE2
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january 2018 by Buffalo_Goku